What is a Stem Cell Secretome?
- Stem cells in large part work by releasing a secretome or an array of molecules into the surrounding microenviroment where they can induce a cellular effect
- The secretome is the entire collection of the bioactive molecules that is secreted by stem cells
- Exosomes are key components of this secretome. They are tiny extracellular vesicles packaged with essential growth factors, cytokines, enzymes, cellular signals, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and other bioactive molecules that fuse with target cells in order to influence cellular activity